As you ramble on through Life, then,
Whatever be your goal,
Keep your eye upon the doughnut
And not upon the hole.
That may be good advice in life. As to the performance of Richmond’s public schools, there’s a question whether the very large dropout hole has the perverse effect of enlarging the SOL donut.
First the high schools. The scales on the ordinates here are the same so we can compare the schools.
And the average of averages for the five schools:
It looks like Wythe, with some modest help from everybody but Armstrong, is driving Richmond’s anomalously high 9th grade dropout rate.
The selective high schools paint a much prettier picture.
No need for a graph for Franklin Military; their high school numbers all are zero.
The middle school numbers are much smaller, albeit several show troublesome trends. Notice the expanded ordinate.
The middle school average of averages:
Richmond Alternative, the dumping ground for troublesome kids (esp. in middle school), requires expanded ordinates.
If Richmond were serious about dealing with dropouts (the numbers say they are not), these data suggest the places to start.